Women who take paracetamol and ibuprofen risk going deaf.


 

  • Taking two pills a week for more than six years has been linked with hearing loss
  • The drugs are thought to cut blood supply to the inner ear and expose it to noise
  • And painkillers are responsible for 1 in 20 women suffering from partial deafness
  • The latest findings back up similar research in men, according to experts 

Women who take paracetamol or ibuprofen just twice a week could be damaging their hearing permanently.

Taking two painkillers a week for more than six years has been linked with significant hearing loss, with the drugs thought to cut blood supply to the inner ear and expose it to noise damage.

As many as one in 20 women suffering partial deafness could blame their painkiller use, a study has found.

Women who take paracetamols or ibuprofen just twice a week could be damaging their hearing permanently, scientists claim

The findings back up similar research in men, suggesting middle-aged women, who commonly take paracetamol and ibuprofen for headaches and back pain, should consider cutting down.

Senior author Dr Gary Curhan, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US, said: ‘Hearing loss is extremely common and can have a profound impact on quality of life.

‘Finding modifiable risk factors could help us identify ways to lower risk before hearing loss begins and slow progression in those with hearing loss.’

Almost one in 12 women take paracetamol on two days of every week, the US study found, usually to ward off routine aches and pains. This could be only two pills over the two days, or a greater dose.

But paracetamol, ibuprofen and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs taken this often for more than six years raise the risk of developing hearing loss by nine per cent.

This was found by examining 55,850 women between the age of 44 and 69 – almost half of whom reported a hearing problem.

Around one in six people in the UK have hearing problems, which can leave people feeling cut off and lonely and has been found to speed up memory loss and dementia.

As many as one in 20 women suffering partial deafness could blame their painkiller use, the new study has found

The study suggests this could be down to paracetamols, which most people think little of swallowing routinely but evidence shows can reduce the blood supply to the cochlea, or inner ear.

Paracetamol is also believed to deplete antioxidants within the ear, making the cochlea more vulnerable to noise-induced damage. Painkillers damage the tiny hairs within the ear which help us hear and have been linked in younger and older women with a higher risk of hearing loss.

BUT IBUPROFEN MAY BE HELPFUL…

Regular doses of ibuprofen may lower smokers’ risk of lung cancer, research last week revealed.

It is known the painkiller, a non-steroidal drug, eases inflammation in the body.

But researchers at Ohio State University found clear evidence that – taken in small doses at regular intervals – it can dispel much of the inflammation that leads to tumors in the lungs.

It is one of the first studies to have examined specific types of anti-inflammatory medication, and how they affect smokers’ cancer risk.

Dr Curhan added: ‘Although the magnitude of higher risk of hearing loss with analgesic use was modest, given how commonly these medications are used, even a small increase in risk could have important health implications.’

It is the first study on the duration of paracetamol use and hearing loss, taken as any damage to the ears after 1990 in the women from the US Nurses’ Health Study. However aspirin, which now tends to be taken in lower doses, was not associated with loss of hearing.

Sohaila Rastan, executive director of biomedical research at charity Action on Hearing Loss, said: ‘This study suggests that there may be a small increased risk of hearing loss in women who take over-the-counter painkillers for a long period of time.

‘However, more research is needed to establish whether painkillers are the actual cause of this hearing loss or if other factors are involved.

‘It would also be important to understand how painkillers might be damaging the ear, if they are indeed the cause.’

 

 

Dementia Will Be a Treatable Condition in 10 Years


IN BRIEF
  • The head of the U.K.’s new Dementia Research Institute says he believes an expanding research focus will lead to breakthroughs in treatment options for patients with dementia disorders.
  • With enough research, dementia could follow the path of now-manageable diseases like HIV/Aids and cancer, which were considered “death sentences” just a few decades ago.

A HOPEFUL DIRECTOR

Professor Bart De Strooper, the Belgian neuroscientist recently appointed as director of the U.K.’s Dementia Research Institute (DRI), is optimistic that dementia will be a treatable condition by 2025. “We won’t be celebrating in 2025 that dementia is cured, but I hope that by then there will be groups of patients who can be treated in much the same way HIV-Aids is treated today,” he said after the announcement that he would be the institute’s director.

As head of the DRI, De Strooper will assemble a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, biologists, engineers, and data specialists to expand study outside of the long-standing “amyloid hypothesis” on which most Alzheimer’s research is based. He believes that the hypothesis is dated and an over-simplification of dementia. If he’s right, this new research approach based on the premise that dementia is actually a complicated, multi-factorial condition could pave the way for treatments that can better manage it and other neurodegenerative diseases.

A TREATABLE CONDITION

De Strooper likens the promise of advancements in the study of dementia to those of HIV/Aids or cancer. In the 1970s and ’80s, those diseases were synonymous to a death sentence — incurable and debilitating. Today, both diseases, if caught early, can be manageable and treatable.

“I’m a scientist, so I don’t look into crystal balls, but I would put a lot of money on saying that the next generation will have a completely different view of dementia disorders,” says De Strooper.

Because the brain is the most plastic organ of the body, the right treatment could potentially allow patients to regain lost brain function. If we improve our understanding of how dementia attacks the brain significantly enough, scientists could potentially find ways to stabilize dementia disorders early or even intervene before symptoms surface.

“If we could step in 10 years before massive damage to the brain occurs, it would be a very nice thing,” De Strooper concludes.

Warning signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency that should never be ignored 


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Vitamin B12 is needed to produce an adequate amount of healthy red blood cells in the bone marrow. Vitamin B12 is available only in animal foods (meat and dairy products) or yeast extracts (such as brewer’s yeast). Vitamin B12 deficiency is defined by low levels of stored B12 in the body that can result in anemia, a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells.

The importance of B12 in the human body is hard to overestimate.

 And while you hear things like how it’s important for your nerves, DNA and red blood cells among many other things, what does a lack of it actually do in more “every day” language?

To answer that, let’s take a look at a case study of what can happen when your levels get too low.

Warning Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Symptoms tend to develop slowly and may not be recognized immediately. As the condition worsens, common symptoms include:

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Light-headedness and dizziness
  • Palpitations and rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • A sore tongue that has a red, beefy appearance
  • Nausea or poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellowish tinge to the skin and eyes

If low levels of B12 remain for a long time, the condition also can lead to irreversible damage to nerve cells, which can cause the following symptoms:

  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Difficulty walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Psychosis

Treatment for Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency treatment depends on the cause.

If pernicious anemia or a problem with absorption is the cause, you’ll need to replace vitamin B12, usually by injection, or by prescription.

If the issue is that you don’t eat animal products, you can change your diet or take supplements.

For most people, treatment resolves the problem. But any nerve damage that happened due to the deficiency could be permanent.

9 Signs You Have a Magnesium Deficiency


We all know that magnesium is important for our health, but many of us are not actually aware of its great meaning for the overall health.

Namely, it is needed for almost all body organs, tissues, and functions, from cellular to heart health. Therefore, its deficiency in the system leads to numerous health issues, a weakened immune system, and various chronic and acute ailments.

Moreover, only a few know the needed levels of magnesium in the body. The newest study has found that most people in the United States, actually 80 percent according to Dr. Mercola, lack magnesium in their bodies.

Yet, luckily for us, it can be obtained through food, such as nuts, bananas, fish, grains, dark-green leafy vegetables, fruits, avocados, dark chocolate.

Yet, if you review this list, you can easily conclude that these foods are not on the common daily menu, as we generally consume processed foods, which are devoid of nutrients, including magnesium.

Once more, magnesium plays an essential role in the overall health, as it performs numerous vital body functions, such as:

  • Promotes proper digestion
  • Enzyme activity, it supports thousands of biochemical processes
  • The internal instructions of the body for the formation of new cells and proteins
  • Mineral balance
  • Production of energy, the energy storage unit of the cells

Namely, it stimulates the activation of over 300 enzymes, regulates vital body functions, like muscle contractions and production of energy. It gives the stimulus for the muscles to relax and contract, and as soon as the muscles which line major blood vessels contract, it affects the blood pressure.

Moreover, it supports every other chemical in the body to perform its function. It is mainly intracellular ion, and it is mostly concentrated in the skeleton of the body, 20- 30 percent are located in the muscles and only 2 percent outside of cells.

Since its deficiency can affect the entire body and functions in it, it should be treated on time. Therefore, you need to know the signs the body sends that it is deficient in magnesium:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Leg cramps
  • Muscle pain or fibromyalgia
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes
  • Persistent migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fatigue

Also, one may experience overall weakness, nausea, and appetite loss.

If it is not treated on time, this issue may cause more complicated symptoms. These are some of the severe signs of magnesium deficiency:

  • Personality changes
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Muscle contractions and cramps
  • Seizures
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Coronary spasms

The diet is the first thing you should change in order to treat some vitamin or nutrient deficiency. Therefore, you should incorporate foods rich in magnesium into your daily diet, and create a balanced diet, in order to treat this issue.

Foods high in magnesium include: nuts and seeds (squash and pumpkin seeds), avocados, dried fruits (dates, prunes, apricots), dark leafy greens (kale, spinach), beans and lentils (soybeans, chickpeas, kidney beans), fish (especially mackerel), whole grains (quinoa, brown rice), dark chocolate, low-fat dairy (plain non-fat yogurt, goat cheese), and bananas.

Furthermore, you can also take some magnesium supplements to boost the levels of this mineral in your body. However, note that you should not shock your body with high amounts, but slowly increase the amount of magnesium intake through supplementing.

Experts advise that you begin with a dosage of 300-400 milligrams daily. You should not worry if you get frequent urges to visit the bathroom, as it can act as a laxative. Yet, if you increase its amounts gradually, you will prevent this.

Magnesium is vital for your body and health, so you should not ignore symptoms of its deficiency, and should treat it on time in order to keep your body healthy and prevent numerous health issues.

14 Things From Japan That Must Be On Every Part Of The Earth.


An extraordinary country with a decent natural environment having tons of inventive people who are keen to be contented with technology for an easy lifestyle. There are numerous things which exist in the country that is too awesome that we think should exist everywhere. Let’s have a look.

1. Special Vending Machines

Time is money! The Japanese have special vending machines that give you not only with snacks but also boiled foods, fried potato, pasta, and pet food.

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2. Tissues given out for free on the streets

Tissues are given out for free in Japan.

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3. Taxis with automated doors

Japanese love automation! They invented taxis with automated doors so that you’re never told off for shutting them hard.

 

 

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4. Trains with foot spas

You can get tickets for foot spas and you can relieve stress while traveling.

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5. The chance to sleep at work

“inemuri”, which means present while working in Japan. You can simply sit next to your boss and sleep.

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6. Stress reducing Unlimited Poppers

I need this! Many are under a lot of stress and the Japanese find this way of poppers to be the best for relieving stress.

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7. Compact Parking

In a population of 127.3 million, it’s not easy to deal with space. The Japanese have achieved this by unique 2 Level parking systems.

8. Musical roads

These roads let you be entertained on a long trip by playing a melody as you travel.

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9. The heated table: Kotatsu

It’s a table with a blanket which was developed in the 14th century but is seen on the rarest occasions.

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10. Unique gas stations

The pipe to deliver gas to the stations in Japan hangs down which helps to avoid not reaching the gas tank on cars.

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11. Drinking cans for the blind

There isn’t a single can in the country which doesn’t have the name written in braille on the top to help the blind.

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12. Cat cafes

To have coziness and warmth, the Japanese have opened numerous cat cafes which are full with cats.

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13. Chairs to hold your bags

Japan has solved the problem of bag handling bags by just providing a notch over the chair.

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14. Rooms for those who want to get enough sleep

Capsule hotels in Japan provide a great rest for those who dream of finding small cozy rooms.

capsule hotel

Do share with your friends and let us know your views about the article by writing in the comments section below.

The Prophylactic Extraction of Third Molars: A Public Health Hazard


Abstract

Ten million third molars (wisdom teeth) are extracted from approximately 5 million people in the United States each year at an annual cost of over $3 billion.

In addition, more than 11 million patient days of “standard discomfort or disability”—pain, swelling, bruising, and malaise—result postoperatively, and more than 11000 people suffer permanent paresthesia—numbness of the lip, tongue, and cheek—as a consequence of nerve injury during the surgery. At least two thirds of these extractions, associated costs, and injuries are unnecessary, constituting a silent epidemic of iatrogenic injury that afflicts tens of thousands of people with lifelong discomfort and disability.

Avoidance of prophylactic extraction of third molars can prevent this public health hazard.

IN THE UNITED STATES, prophylactic removal of third molars (wisdom teeth) is advocated by almost all oral and maxillofacial surgeons and many general dentists. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, “if there is insufficient anatomical space to accommodate normal eruption. . . removal of such teeth at an early age is a valid and scientifically sound treatment rationale based on medical necessity.”1 As a result, 10 million teeth classified as impactions (teeth that fail to erupt into normal position but remain fully or partially embedded and covered by jawbone or gum tissue) are removed every year from mostly healthy young people.2

There is no evidence of widespread third-molar infection and pathology or of medical necessity to justify so much surgery. In fact, 50% of upper third molars classified as impactions are normally developing teeth, most of which will erupt with minimal discomfort if not extracted prematurely. Only 12% of truly impacted teeth are associated with pathological conditions such as cysts and damage to adjacent teeth.3,4 Most discomfort of erupting wisdom teeth is equivalent to teething and disappears on full eruption. Most infection of the gum tissue around the erupting or partially erupted teeth can be prevented by good oral hygiene, including toothbrushing. Infection occurs in fewer than 10% of third molars, most of which can be cured with antibiotics, oral rinsing, or removal of excess tissue (the hyperculum) around the tooth, without requiring removal of the tooth itself.5 Most of the pain and illness attributed to third molars is caused by the surgery, not the teeth.

Third-molar surgery is a multibillion-dollar industry that generates significant income for the dental profession, particularly oral and maxillofacial surgeons. It is driven by misinformation and myths that have been exposed before but that continue to be promulgated by the profession.6

THE MYTHOLOGY OF WISDOM TEETH

Myth Number 1—Third Molars Have a High Incidence of Pathology

Not more than 12% of impacted teeth have associated pathology (Table 1). This incidence is the same as for appendicitis (10%) and cholecystitis (12%), yet prophylactic appendectomies and cholecystectomies are not the standard of care.4 Why then prophylactic third-molar extractions?

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Pathologies and Pericoronitis Associated With Impacted Third Molars

What about pericoronitis, the pain and infection of the gum tissue surrounding a partially erupted or erupted third molar? Excluding the normal discomfort of teething as the tooth erupts, the incidence of inflammation and infection of the gum tissue ranges from 6% to 10%.5,7,8 Adding an average of 8% incidence of pericoronitis to the 12% pathology listed in Table 1 brings the maximum pathology associated with third molars to 20%. However, a single episode of pericoronitis is not a reason to remove a third molar; this should be considered only if the problem fails to respond to conservative treatment or recurs.9

Many dentists confuse the incidence of pathology as it shows up in their offices with its prevalence in the population. Advocacy of prophylactic extractions that is based on anecdotal experience (i.e., patients with diseased third molars who make dental appointments) exaggerates the problem and exposes millions of people to the risk of iatrogenic injury. Considering the low prevalence of third-molar pathology in the population, removal of asymptomatic, nonpathologic third molars does not meet the standard of evidence-based practice.

Myth Number 2—Early Removal of Third Molars Is Less Traumatic

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons states that “about 85% of third molars will eventually need to be removed.”10(p3) The association recommends extraction of all 4 third molars by young adulthood—preferably in adolescence, before the roots are fully formed—to minimize complications such as postextraction pain and infection.

Early removal of third molars is actually more traumatic and painful than leaving asymptomatic, nonpathologic teeth in situ. Tulloch et al. estimate that patients suffer an average of 2.27 days of standard discomfort or disability, defined as “the disability normally associated with an uncomplicated surgical extraction of a mandibular third molar: namely, pain, swelling, bruising and malaise.”11(p507) Furthermore, dry socket, secondary infection, and paresthesia are less likely to occur in persons aged 35 to 83 years than in those aged 12 to 24 years, who experience more third-molar extractions. The highest risk of complication is in persons aged 25 to 34 years.7

When a lower third molar is removed, usually the opposing upper third molar is also removed. Assuming an average of 2 extractions per episode, the 10 million third molars extracted annually involve 5 million people and 11.36 million days of standard discomfort or disability (Table 2). If only the 20% of wisdom teeth with pathology were extracted, 4 million people would be spared pain, swelling, bruising, malaise, and consequent absence from school or work—an aggregate decrease of 9 million days of discomfort and disability each year. Allowing for some margin of error and for the fact that one third of third molars are reported to cause some symptoms in the past or present, if only 33% were extracted, 3.34 million people would still be spared an average of 2.27 days of discomfort and disability each, or 7.6 million days of discomfort and disability in the aggregate (Table 3).

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Estimated Third-Molar Extractions Per Year, by Doctor Performing Extraction: United States
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Estimated Annual Reduction of Cost and Disability From Performing Only Needed Third-Molar Extractions: United States

Myth Number 3—Pressure of Erupting Third Molars Causes Crowding of Anterior Teeth

It is not possible for lower third molars, which develop in the spongy interior cancellous tissue of bone with no firm support, to push 14 other teeth with roots implanted vertically like the pegs of a picket fence so that the incisors in the middle twist and overlap. Yet that is the reason often given for removal of third molars, even though studies have produced contrary evidence.1214 Third molars do not possess sufficient force to move other teeth. They cannot cause crowding and overlapping of the incisors, and any such association is not causation.

Myth Number 4—The Risk of Pathology in Impacted Third Molars Increases With Age

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons states, without substantiation, “Pathologic conditions [of impacted third molars] are generally more common with an increase in age.”1(p2) A study of more than 1756 patients who had retained more than 2000 mandibular impactions for an average of 27 years found that only 0.81% experienced cystic formation. There is no evidence of a significant increase in third-molar pathology with age.3 Of course, teeth that become repeatedly symptomatic or develop associated pathology should be removed.15,16

Myth Number 5—There is Little Risk of Harm in the Removal of Third Molars

Given the low incidence of pathology, it is specious to contend that less than 3 days of temporary discomfort or disability is a small price to pay to avoid the future risks of root resorption, serious infections, and cysts. Also ignored is the risk of incidental injury such as broken jaws, fractured teeth, damage to the temporomandibular joints, temporary and, especially, permanent paresthesia or dysthesia (numbness and dysfunction of the lower lip and the tongue). The box

Complications of Third-Molar Extractions

Pain

Swelling

Trismus

Hemorrhage

Alveolar osteitis (dry socket)

Periodontal damage

Soft-tissue infection

Injury to temporomandibular joint

Malaise

Temporary paresthesia (numbness of the lips, tongue, and cheek)

Permanent paresthesia

Fracture of adjacent teeth

Fracture of the mandible

Fracture of the maxilla

Sinus exposure or infection

Anesthetic complications

Data on the number of fractured jaws and damaged teeth are lacking. Fractures occur but are uncommon. There is little data on temporary and permanent temporomandibular joint injury after third-molar surgery, although a recent study of patients aged 15 to 20 years reported an incidence of 1.6%, which translates to thousands of such injuries each year.17 However, mandibular and lingual nerve injury resulting from third-molar surgery has been more widely reported. Because the percentages of incidental (unavoidable) and iatrogenic (avoidable) injury are small, no one has previously performed the simple task of applying these figures to the entire population exposed to surgery.

Reports on the incidence of mandibular (lower jaw) nerve paresthesia vary from a low of 1.3% for temporary and 0.33% for permanent paresthesia to a high of 4.4% for temporary and 1% for permanent paresthesia.18,19 Small figures, indeed! But if 3.5 million lower third molars are removed from 3.5 million persons by oral and maxillofacial surgeons (Table 2), the incidence of permanent paresthesia ranges from a low of more than 11500 to a high of 35000. Two thirds of these patients had no present or previous symptoms to warrant extraction.20,21 If 67% of the surgery is unnecessary, then between 7739 and 23450 people are afflicted with permanent paresthesia unnecessarily each year (Table 4).

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Estimated Annual Incidence of Paresthesia of the Mandibular Nerve Following Third-Molar Extractions by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: United States

These figures are based on simple extrapolations from studies by independent researchers, many of whom are oral and maxillofacial surgeons and therefore should be credible. Most of the paresthesias derive from third-molar surgery performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons because they perform most third-molar extractions, including those at a high risk of nerve injury.

A recent study reported that 25% of erupted third molars may have deep periodontal pockets that are considered an indicator of periodontal disease.22 Many of these are pseudopockets consisting of excess gum tissue that can be treated conservatively or reduced surgically, rather than extracted, as is done for other teeth with this condition. Nonetheless, let us assume that the incidence of third-molar pathology has been underrepresented in the other cited studies and that 50% of third-molar extractions, including those with deep periodontal pockets, are justified. In that case, among the other 50% there would be 5775 to 17 500 individuals with permanent mandibular paresthesia every year. And this does not include lingual (tongue) nerve paresthesia, which may occur as frequently as once in 10 000 mandibular extractions, adding another 350 to 500 paresthesia cases a year.23 At this rate, between 57 000 and 175 000 persons in the United States have been afflicted with permanent paresthesia over the past 10 years as a consequence of unnecessary prophylactic third-molar extractions.

PARESTHESIA

How is it possible that so much harm is done and so little is heard of it? The answer is that paresthesia of the lips and tongue is not deadly. Although it is one of the most common reasons that patients sue oral and maxillofacial surgeons, most judges and jurors do not fault the surgeons, because the patients consented to surgery, thereby assuming the risk. That patients are given unsubstantiated information that would, in just circumstances, invalidate their informed consent is rarely convincing to a court.24,25 Patients who might have avoided the surgery in the absence of confirmed pathology are consigned to a numb jaw or lip or tongue for the rest of their lives. Symptoms include frequent drooling, biting of the lip or the inside of the cheek or the side of the tongue, and paralytic disfigurement or drooping of the lip. The sense of taste, the facility of speech, and the sensory pleasure of kissing are diminished. When bilateral paresthesia occurs, the anguish, discomfort, and disability are more than doubled. To be sure, the degree of paresthesia varies, from mild to severe. Constant tingling numbness is the most common feature, but some patients experience frequent shooting pains much like neuralgia. Those suffering from severe paresthesia may be driven to near hysteria by a loss of sensory functions that affects all aspects of their lives.

The risk of paresthesia is not the same for all extractions. It is highest for the mesioangular impaction, in which the tooth is positioned at a 30–45° angle toward or actually against the distal, or back, surface of the second molar (Figure 1).

FIGURE 1

A mesioangular impaction, with the roots in close proximity to or saddling the mandibular canal containing the mandibular nerve.

When fully formed, the roots frequently lie close to the right and left mandibular nerves, which run along the jaw beneath or between the roots. The risk of permanent paresthesia following extraction of a mesioangular impaction is as high as 6.8%, much higher than for other types of unerupted or impacted teeth.6 More than 95% of these teeth will never cause any problem. As many as three fourths of the developing third molars classified as mesioangular impactions at the time of extraction are not impacted at all, but would continue to erupt into normal position in the mouth if left alone.26 There can be no excuse for tolerating so many unnecessary extractions on millions of unsuspecting and misled people and putting them at risk of so much iatrogenic nerve injury. This is a public health hazard.

THE ECONOMICS OF THIRD-MOLAR SURGERY

Each of the approximately 5500 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in private practice averages nearly 53 third-molar cases a month, accounting for the removal of at least 7 of the 10 million “impacted” third molars extracted annually.27 Most of these teeth are not impacted. Half are upper third molars, most of which can erupt normally, as will many, if not most, of the lower third molars (Figure 2). Removing these teeth while they are still developing in the jaw bone results in a higher fee: extraction when the tooth is embedded in soft tissue or bone is a more complex surgical procedure than a simple extraction after the tooth erupts. Even so, it seldom takes an oral and maxillofacial surgeon more than 8 minutes to extract an impacted tooth once the patient is anesthetized.28

FIGURE 2

Panographic radiograph of 4 normally developing wisdom teeth, classified as full bony impactions at the time of extraction.

The average annual income of oral and maxillofacial surgeons from third-molar extractions alone is estimated at $518 636 (see footnote, Table 2). Even though only 20% of third molars have associated pathology or tissue inflammation, allowance should be made for the 33% that may cause some discomfort (Table 3), even if the condition might resolve later on without surgery. Two thirds of all third-molar extractions are unnecessary. Eliminating these extractions would reduce the oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s annual income by $347 486, resulting in an annual savings to patients of more than $1.9 billion, or $2.2 billion if extractions by general practitioners are included (Table 3).

A RATIONAL POLICY

The British National Institute for Clinical Excellence is unequivocal in its recommendation, adopted by the National Health Service: “The practice of prophylactic removal of pathology-free impacted third molars should be discontinued. . . . There is no reliable evidence to support a health benefit to patients from the prophylactic removal of pathology-free impacted teeth.”9(p1–2) The conditions for which extraction is justified include nonrestorable dental caries, pulpal infection, cellulitis, recurrent pericoronitis, abscesses, cysts, and fractures.

Government-funded programs in the United States are beginning to adopt similar policies; an example is the Healthy Kids Dental Program administered by Delta Dental of Michigan. Also needed is better education of dentists, beginning in dental school, and of the public on the reasons to avoid unnecessary extractions.

THE FALLACY OF TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT

One school of thought is endorsed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons who contend that most third molars are potentially pathologic and should be removed. The other holds that only third molars with associated pathology should be removed. The legal system, in which decisions are generally based on norms of practice or local or regional standards of care, credits each school of thought as having equal merit, ignoring the scientific evidence base. That is why oral and maxillofacial surgeons usually prevail in malpractice suits when patients are injured during elective surgery. After all, if the expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon says the surgery is necessary, then it is necessary. The fact that most third molars, impacted or not, do not become diseased and that the risk of iatrogenic injury from such surgery is greater than the risk of leaving asymptomatic, nonpathologic teeth alone does not override the expert opinion of oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Thus, the prevalent practice of prophylactic third-molar extractions is ordained as the standard of care, even though that standard is based on an erroneous evaluation of all outcomes and costs.

Malpractice in dentistry is more common than is acknowledged, but the victim’s recourse to redress the physical and financial injury is severely limited.25 The recovery amounts involved are usually too small to cover an attorney’s expenses. However, there is something the legal profession could do to protect the public: abolish the fallacy of the standard of care and 2 schools of thought, which ignores evidence-based science and perpetuates and forgives malpractice.

The evidence is compelling that prophylactic extraction of third molars is a significant public health hazard. It is a silent epidemic of iatrogenic injury that warrants avoidance of the extraction of any third molar in the absence of a pathologic condition or a specific problem.

Wisdom Teeth Dental Scam Revealed – Why You Need Your Wisdom Teeth



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The truth is, I am writing this article about the importance of wisdom teeth while all of mine have been extracted. They have been gone for years. I am pretty sure many of yours have been long gone as well. I didn’t know any better. We trust our dentists to do the best job possible while often not even questioning their methods. I should’ve questioned and should’ve researched myself. But now I can share my research and finding with you so you can make the decisions for yourself and not just listen to your dentist just because he tells you so.  Many of us have been told that wisdom teeth need to be extracted just because they are not really needed. According to the dentists, they are just unnecessary teeth that just inconveniently crowd out mouths.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also called the Third Molars, are the furthest back teeth. They usually come in when you are in your late teens or early twenties.  According to a report published  in the American Journal of Public Health, more than 67 % of preventative wisdom teeth removals are unnecessary. Out of 10 million wisdom teeth extractions in America each year, only 20 proved to be necessary. You have to understand that the old tale about wisdom teeth causing all kind of illnesses, is simply not true. Let’s look at it realistically, it’s a big money maker (around a billion dollars a year) for the dental industry.

In the 1900s, Dr. Weston A. Price did extensive research on the connection between oral health and diseases. He discovered native tribes, with their traditional diets, that were almost 100 percent free of tooth decay. He came to the conclusion that dental and overall health lie in nutrition. Fortunately, this discovery is practiced by holistic dentists nowadays whom understand that when you supply enough nutrients to the jaw bone during its development, all 32 teeth will have proper space in your mouth without crowding. This means that proper nutrition is the key behind trouble free wisdom teeth.

Dr. Weston Price also discovered that once these tribes started consuming sugar and white flour, their perfect healthy teeth, quickly deteriorated.

I highly recommend reading his fascinationg and eye-opening  book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

 

Why You Need Your Wisdom Teeth

Our teeth are vital, living organs within and connected to the body as a whole. Wisdom teeth are connected (according to acupuncture meridians) to our small intestine and the front of our pituitary gland.  In fact, 46 percent of the motor and sensory nerves in your brain’s cerebral cortex are interconnected to your mouth and face.  So any time a tooth is removed, it disturbs and breaks an acupuncture meridian that flows through the area of that tooth.  The meridian acupuncture system, known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 5000 years, shows the vital relationship between your teeth and your  joints,  spinal segments, vertebrae, organs and endocrine glands.teeth

 

Wisdom teeth extractions can be dangerous

Did you know that between 57,000 and 175,000 people after wisdom teeth extractions  have had permanent tingling, prickling or numbness caused by nerve damage. This, again, proves the point that all of our teeth are connected via nervous system pathways to every part of our body.  Though it is a common surgery for a lot of  Americans, wisdom tooth extraction involves very serious risks which can lead to sudden death. (here)

So for all these reasons, I do not recommend removing wisdom teeth unless there is a good reason to do so. According to Jay Friedman, a California-based dental consultant, more than two-thirds of all wisdom tooth extractions are medically unnecessary, and that most patients would be perfectly fine if they just left their wisdom teeth alone.

4 Things You Must Know About Your ‘Third Eye’ – One Of The BIGGEST Secret Kept From Humanity


Located in nearly the direct center of the brain, the tiny pinecone-shaped pineal gland, which habitually secretes the wondrous neurohormone melatonin while we sleep at night, was once thought to be a vestigial leftover from a lower evolutionary state.

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Indeed, according to recent research, we could be increasing our chances of contracting chronic illnesses like cancer by unnecessarily bathing its evenings in artificial light, working night shifts or staying up too late. By disrupting the pineal gland and melatonin’s chronobiological connection to Earth’s rotational 24-hour light and dark cycle, known as its circadian rhythm, we’re possibly opening the doors not to perception, but to disease and disorder. A recently published study from Vanderbilt University has found associations between circadian disruption and heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

By hacking what pinealophiles call our mind’s third eye with an always-on technoculture transmitting globally at light-speed, we may have disadvantaged our genetic ability to ward off all manner of complicated nightmares. No wonder the pineal gland is a pop-culture staple for sci-fi, fantasy and horror fandom, as well as a mass attractor of mystics and mentalists. Its powers to divide and merge our light and dark lives only seems to grow the more we take it seriously.

We still lack a complete understanding of the pineal gland,” University of Michigan professor of physiology and neurology Jimo Borjigin, a pioneer in medical visualization of the pineal gland’s melatonin secretion, says. “Numerous molecules are found in the pineal, many of which are uniquely found at night, and we do not have a good idea of what their functions are. The only function that is established beyond doubt is the melatonin synthesis and secretion at night, which is controlled by the central clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus and modulated by light. All else is speculative.”

Discerning between the science and speculation of the pineal gland hasn’t been easy since long before Rene Descartes called it the principal seat of the soul after studying it at length nearly four centuries ago. (Although “no evidence exists to support this,” clarified Borjigin.) So here’s a handy shortlist of things you should know about the pineal gland.

1. THIRD EYES AND THEOSOPHISTRY

The current scientific understanding is that the pineal gland probably started out as an eye, and it receives signals from light and our retinas. Whether it was our only eye which shrunk into the brain once its perceptive tasks were taken care of by our two newer eyes, or whether it was a third eye with a spiritual and physical connection to previous spiritual and evolutionary states, or both, has galvanized science and speculation for centuries.

Earth’s ancient cultural histories are filled with folklore featuring both one-eyed and three-eyed beings of great power, from Shiva and Cyclops to that amiable fellow in The Twilight Zone’s classic episode, Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? and beyond. (From Beyond even: See below.) Associations can be found in Hinduism, whose seventh primary chakra Sahasara is a multilayered lotus that looks like the pineal gland’s pinecone, and whose primary function is to perceive universal oneness, scientifically and spiritually speaking. Theosophists, who have been studying what they perceive as hidden knowledge since the Greeks and Romans ruled philosophical and scientific inquiry, have more recently claimed that the pineal gland is the spiritual engine of our evolution into “embryo gods, beings of consciousness and matter.”

That description seems apt, given the astronomical power we have achieved in a few million yeas of evolution. While Homo sapiens’ third eyes likely transformed into pineal glands along the way, today we can still find animals with photoreceptive third eyes, now called parietal eyes, like New Zealand’s endangered tuatara. Fossils from other ancient creatures feature similar sockets in their skulls, making our pineal gland a candidate for an ex-eye.

2. WHAT WAS ONCE HIDDEN IS NOW HI-RES

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Michigan University professor Borjigin and his team are hard at work on how the pineal gland and melatonin regulate our lives.

“The central circadian clock controls timing of almost all aspects of our life, including physiology and behavior, and melatonin is the best marker to decode the fingerprints of circadian timing in both humans and animals,” he said. “In the past, it was very difficult to study circadian properties of melatonin in animals due to technical limitations. My lab invented long-term pineal microdialysis, which permits automated, computer-controlled and high-resolution analysis of melatonin secretion from rodent pineal gland from four to 10 weeks in the same animal.”

These visualizations could go a long way toward understanding how to hack melatonin, which the pineal gland secretes when we sleep and helps the brain repair and sync our bodies to Earth’s rotation. Melatonin is a stunning compound, found naturally in plants, animals and microbes. A powerful antioxidant, its list of its medicinal uses only seems to grow each year, as we learn more about its ability to help with immune disorders, chronic illnesses, and neurodegeneration.

“Pineal microdialysis allows us to monitor melatonin secretion closely under various conditions to simulate jet lag, shiftwork, light pollution, diet manipulation and more to define the fingerprints of circadian response to environment,” he added. “It also allows us to discover animals with extreme chronotypes, like early-birds or night-owls, to understand how individuals with different chronotype respond to circadian challenges differently. These are still ongoing studies, but hopefully some of the works will be published this year.”

3. ARTIFICIAL LIGHT = DARK FUTURE

What has been recently published about melatonin is already pretty significant, especially for those looking to combat breast and prostate cancer. Harvard University School of Public Health researcher Itai Kloog and his group published a series of studies in the last few years explaining how our “modern urbanized sleeping habitat” (PDF) is a massive hormone-based cancer risk. “We have blotted out the night sky” with artificial light, wrote Earth Island Journal’s Holly Hayworth,” citing Kloog’s research and noting that half that light is wasted anyway.

“We’ve proven beyond a doubt that it’s a risk factor,” Kloog told me. “Light at night has been proven on many levels, by our group and many others, to definitely contribute to higher risk of developing hormonal cancer.”

Kloog’s team published five studies altogether, including analyses at local and global levels, and all of them found firm correlations between circadian and melatonin disruption and higher risks of cancer. Analyzing NASA’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program archive (to illuminate Earth’s light-at-night coverage) and data from the World Health Organization, Kloog’s group “found clearly that as women were more exposed to light at nighttime, their rates of breast cancer went up. Our Israel study found that going from minimum exposure to average exposure to light at night resulted in a 36 percent higher standard rate of breast cancer, and going from average to maximum was another 26 percent increase.”

Using kernel smoothing to create density maps showing light exposure and cancer rates, Kloog’s team found that another of its studies, which sourced more than 20,000 light sources by height and intensity, showed a clear association. For their two worldwide studies, they developed an algorithm to assign population weight average light exposure for every person in every city across the world, using WHO data, and again they found a clear association between cancer and light at night.

“For average light exposure per person, if you take an underdeveloped country like Nepal, we’re talking about 0.02 nanowatts per centimeter squared,” Kloog explained. “Compare that to the United States, where the average light exposure of a person is 57.5. Up until around 120 years ago, humans were basically exposed to 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness on average, seasons and latitudes permitting of course. But since the invention of the lightbulb, we’ve artificially stretched the day. We go to sleep late at night, we have lights on while we sleep, we have a shorter sleep duration. We have a lot of factors stretching out our days, relative to the light period we experienced during millions of years of previous evolution.”

“It’s something that’s easy to take out of the equation,” Kloog told me. “Go to sleep in a dark room. Use less light. Close the shutters. Circadian disruption is carcinogenic to humans.”

4. OCCULT CLASSIC

This is not to say that late-night viewing itself isn’t good for the mind, especially when it comes to pineal glands and third eyes. Because pineal glands and third eyes remain singular components of an otherwise binary brain with an extraordinary past, they have stimulated some stranger explorations of their spiritual and supernatural possibility. The pineal gland’s circadian dualism has achieved particular resonance with influential occultists like horror influential H.P. Lovecraft. Who, in turn, have spawned new generations of speculative talents that have used it as a quite flexible receptacle for expansive meaning.

“My first exposure to the pineal gland came from Stuart Gordon’s movie adaptation of Lovecraft’s From Beyond,” Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the cult sci-fi television classic The Middleman, told AlterNet. “In truth, everything I know about that particular endocrine body probably derives from that seminal experience, which explains why I am a television writer and not a brain surgeon.”

In From Beyond, a supernaturally activated pineal gland turns mad scientists into brain-eating zombies. The recently reissued 1957 exploitation film She Devil features a “female monster” whose hyperstimulated pineal gland turns her into “a demon, a devil, a creature with a warped soul!” In both films, and many other third-eye head-trips, the pineal gland functions as a sexualized organ, rather than a circadian regulator. Today, some use melatonin supplements, available since the ’90s, to aid with sexual dysfunction. But the pineal gland’s expansive mythic and scientific history has much broader applications when it comes to folklore and entertainment.

“In The Middleman, we quickly discovered that because this most mysterious of glands is so misunderstood, even though its very name connotes a certain frisson of scientific accuracy and technical understanding, it was a fantastic shorthand for whatever otherworldly qualities we needed to justify,” Grillo-Marxuach added. “Over the course of 12 episodes, the pineal gland became the source of psychic ability, communication between parallel dimensions, the magical influence of succubi and incubi over the libidos of ordinary mortals and, finally, the power source for our main supervillain’s armageddon device. Since Stuart Gordon and H.P. Lovecraft gave me such a gift in my teenage years by providing me with so fanciful an understanding of cerebral anatomy, I figured I’d pay the favor forward as many times as possible.”

Why nice guys finish last, according to the experts.


Professor Adam Grant says ‘givers’ suffer from being too generous in the short term but it pays off later on.

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Nice guys really do finish last.

Speaking at The Nantucket Project, an annual lecture series held on the island in Massachusetts this weekend, Professor  Adam Grant explained that there are certain kinds of people who find it easier to get ahead in life.

Professor Grant, an organisational psychologist, explained that there were three types of people: takers, matchers and givers.

He said “Takers” look out for themselves while “Givers” bend over backwards to help others. “Matchers” fit somewhere in the middle, they are willing to help others but can expect to be helped in turn.

The professor said he had conducted a study of engineers, salespeople and medical school students he classified as having “Giver” personalities and found they were consistently the worst performers in their field, Time reports.

But surprisingly they were also the best performers.

“Givers” in the study represented the bottom 25 per cent and the top 25 per cent of their fields, with “Takers” and “Matchers” making up the middle.

Prof Grant said: “Good guys and gals have a better chance of finishing last than the rest of us, but also better odds of finishing first.”

He believes this is because being overly generous is bad news in the short term, especially when it is at the expense of our own personal goals and needs, but it pays off in the end because people are more likely to want to help them further down the line.

“Good guys and gals have a better chance of finishing last than the rest of us, but also better odds of finishing first.”

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He explained: “You actually learn things through helping other people solve their problems.

“And there’s a social capital upside… but they don’t happen right away.”

What Might You Gain By Drinking Golden Milk?


Many people like to end their day by sipping on a cup of chamomile tea, but even devoted tea drinkers may be tempted by a warm cup of golden milk. In fact, while some people find it soothing, and perfect before bed, others enjoy it first thing in the morning and even drink it in place of coffee.

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  • Golden milk is a combination of the yellow spice turmeric along with coconut milk and/or coconut oil
  • Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory that exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including antimicrobial activity as well as potent anti-cancer properties
  • Golden milk may also be made with raw honey and spices such as ginger and cinnamon, making it perfect for sipping warm

What is golden milk? It’s not actually milk at all, at least not in the dairy sense. The basis of golden milk is a combination of the warming (and golden-colored) turmeric spice along with coconut milk and/or coconut oil (depending on the recipe you prefer).

Turmeric is most well-known for its use in curry dishes, but it’s earning a name for itself as a potent medicinal food.

Turmeric has actually been valued for its medicinal properties for centuries, but in the Western world, particularly the US, it’s not commonly consumed. Golden milk has the potential to change that, as each cup provides you with a healthy dose of this “spice of life.”

Turmeric Has Over 150 Potentially Therapeutic Activities

It’s difficult to describe turmeric in brief simply because it has so many beneficial properties. That’s why the “spice of life,” as it’s known in India, sums it up wonderfully.

Traditional medicinal uses in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as well as Ayurvedic medicine include the treatment of liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing.

Turmeric’s benefits have since been well documented in the medical literature, and curcumin — one of the most well-studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric –  has been found to promote health and protect against a wide variety of health conditions.

It actually exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, as well as potent anti-cancer properties that have been intensely studied.

Researchers have found a number of different mechanisms of action for curcumin, and part of the answer as to why curcumin appears to be such potent medicine is because it can:

  • Modulate about 700 of your genes
  • Positively modulate more than 160 different physiological pathways1
  • Make your cells’ membranes more orderly2
  • Affect signaling molecules.3 For example, curcumin has been shown to directly interact with:
Inflammatory molecules Cell survival proteins Histone
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV1) integrase and protease DNA and RNA Various carrier proteins and metal ions

Turmeric Lowers Inflammation and Blood Sugar Levels

Curcumin is one of the most potent anti-inflammatories in nature, which is why, if you’re struggling with any inflammatory disorder, golden milk is a beverage worth trying.

Many chronic diseases have inflammation at their root, and even if you’re currently healthy, you may benefit from an anti-inflammatory beverage like golden milk, particularly if you eat an inflammatory diet (one that is high in processed foods, sugars, and/or grains).

Curcumin can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.

A 2006 study also found that a turmeric extract composed of curcuminoids (curcumin is the most investigated curcuminoid) blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the launch of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.4

Separate research among people diagnosed with metabolic syndrome also set out to determine curcumin’s effects on inflammation. Half of the participants took one gram of curcumin powder daily for eight weeks while the other half received a placebo pill.

At the end of the study, the curcumin group had lower levels of three blood markers of inflammation, including C-reactive protein (CRP), along with lower fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c (a measure of longer term blood sugar levels).5

For comparison, the placebo group had higher blood sugar levels and increased inflammation after the eight weeks. When the researchers evaluated eight previous studies, they, too, confirmed that curcumin lead to reductions in CRP levels.

They concluded that short-term supplementation with bioavailable curcumin significantly improves oxidative and inflammatory status in people with metabolic syndrome, and could be regarded as a “natural, safe, and effective CRP-lowering agent.”6

What Might You Gain By Sipping on Golden Milk?

Curcumin in turmeric has the ability to modulate genetic activity and expression — both by destroying cancer cells and by promoting healthy cell function. It also promotes anti-angiogenesis, meaning it helps prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth.

Curcumin appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer. In addition, according to an ever-expanding clinical body of studies, curcumin may help:

Support healthy cholesterol levels Prevent low-density lipoprotein oxidation Inhibit platelet aggregation
Suppress thrombosis and myocardial infarction Suppress symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes Suppress symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Suppress symptoms of multiple sclerosis Suppress symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease Inhibit HIV replication
Suppress tumor formation Enhance wound healing Protect against liver damage
Increase bile secretion Protect against cataracts Protect against pulmonary toxicity and fibrosis

A study published in Natural Product Reports in 2011 further described curcumin as being therapeutic for a wide range of diseases, including:

Lung and liver diseases Neurological diseases Metabolic diseases
Autoimmune disorders Cardiovascular diseases Inflammatory diseases

Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil: The Other ‘Magic’ Ingredients in Golden Milk

There are many variations of golden milk you can try, but most are made with coconut milk (and some include coconut oil as well). Blending turmeric in with coconut milk not only adds a soothing, creamy base but also additional health benefits.

Coconut milk is made from the expressed juice of grated coconut meat and water. About 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can actually destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes, influenza, measles, gram-negative bacteria, and protozoa such as Giardia lamblia.

Lauric acid is a type of medium-chain fatty acid (MCFAs), which is easily digested and readily crosses cell membranes. MCFAs are immediately converted by your liver into energy rather than being stored as fat. There are numerous studies showing that MCFAs promote weight loss, including one study that showed rats fed MCFAs reduced body fat and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.7

Yet another study found that overweight men who ate a diet rich in MCFAs lost more fat tissue, presumably due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation from the MCFA intake.8 In addition, coconut milk is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, including vitamins C, E, and B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron.

Coconut oil has similar health benefits and is useful for making “golden paste.” You can make golden paste ahead of time, which allows you to quickly whip up a cup of golden milk whenever you’re in the mood. As an added benefit, turmeric is fat-soluble, so the use of coconut milk and oil helps to increase its benefits.

How to Make Golden Paste and Golden Milk

Golden paste acts as a “starter” to blend the perfect cup of golden milk. It includes not only turmeric and coconut oil but also black pepper, which has been found to increase curcumin’s bioavailability by 2,000 percent.9 Here’s a simple recipe to make your own from Health Impact News:10

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

Directions:

  1. In a stainless steel pot, cook the water, turmeric, and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring and cooking for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil.
  3. Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar with a lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. You will use this paste to make your Golden Milk below.

Once you’ve made your golden paste, you’re ready to make golden milk. The recipe that follows, also from Health Impact News, is simple and can be suited to your tastes:12

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Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Raw honey [or stevia] to taste (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a stainless steel pot, gently heat, but do not boil, 2 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon of golden paste.
  2. A whisk is helpful to fully mix the paste into the milk.
  3. Add optional vanilla, honey [or stevia], and/or cinnamon.

Golden Milk Variation Using Turmeric Sticks and Ginger

For a slightly different slant on golden milk, the recipe that follows, from Prevent Disease, includes the spice ginger and uses turmeric sticks instead of powder.14 It’s also made without a starter golden paste, which is useful if you’re hankering for a mug but don’t have any golden paste on hand.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 inch-long stick of turmeric
  • Peppercorns (white)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 inch-long piece of ginger
  • Raw honey or stevia (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ghee (optional, for sore throat or cough)

Directions:

  1. Take an inch-long stick of turmeric… and crush it coarsely using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Crush a few peppercorns too. The white variety is better.
  3. Mix a cup of water with a cup of coconut milk, add the crushed turmeric, pepper, and a 1-inch (by 1/2 inch diameter) piece of ginger, and bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes. By this time, the milk will reduce to a cup. This is the reason why you begin with a mixture of milk and water; otherwise you will end up with a very thick drink that won’t be as soothing.
  5. Remove from the stove, filter, add a spoonful of honey or stevia (optional), and enjoy the drink warm.
  6. If you are taking this to relieve a sore throat, add 1/2 teaspoon of ghee to the hot turmeric milk before drinking it. The ghee will melt and coat your throat, relieving you of cough as well.

If you’ve never tried golden milk, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Many people enjoy it especially during the fall and winter months (and cold and flu season), but it’s just as delicious and soothing in the summer, too. One final tip – when cooking with turmeric wear an apron and don’t let your pot boil over. This spice will stain your clothing and countertops easily, so unless you want a yellow kitchen, be very careful with spills.